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s it normally that sent packets is higher than received? even if i dont use

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by chinna, Feb 18, 2010.

  1. chinna

    chinna Flightless Bird

    Hello,
    s it normally that sent packets is higher than received?
    even if i dont use network, the packet sent status is
    always raising.

    1) i dont have viruses
    2) i dont have GATOR or background applications running
    3) i do use internet when i have this
     
  2. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:bqSdnXoXnLJD9-DWRVn_vwA@giganews.com,
    chinna <chinna@domain-xyz.in> typed:
    > Hello,
    > s it normally that sent packets is higher than received?
    > even if i dont use network, the packet sent status is
    > always raising.
    >
    > 1) i dont have viruses
    > 2) i dont have GATOR or background applications running
    > 3) i do use internet when i have this


    If nothing else is running in your internet collection of programs, it's
    quite possible for the Sent to be higher than the Received because
    you -might- have a connection keep-alive signal being sent to your ISP in
    order to keep your account from timing out. It would be a bit unusual
    though, unless you were on an old analog dialup modem. With most DSL, you're
    always connected anyway and they don't care how long you've sat there
    inactive.
    OTOH, if you have a Home Page showing or any website, it could be an
    inactivity timer that needs keep-alive to prevent you from being kicked off
    that site.
    Normally if you watch the modem lites or the System Tray icons, you'll be
    able to see it when you Send or Receive data.
    If you are part of a LAN (intrAnet) it would just be the computers
    keeping track of each other.
    As you can see, there are many possibilities.

    And on another hand yet, it could still be malware. You haven't
    mentioned HOW/WHY you're sure you have no viruses, trojans, worms or other
    malware installed, so it's anyone's guess how secure you might actually be.
    There are ways to track down such things but at this point I don't think
    you're ready for them yet.
    Just to be clear: I'm not saying you ARE infected, only that you might
    be. There isn't near enough information to make such a judgement.

    And congrats: Apparently you've been "introduced" to the GAIN/GATOR/etc.
    "spyware". Those are hard to get rid of and you could still have a piece of
    one of those apps left somewhere on the disk.

    Now, if the Sent is many many magnitudes GREATER than the Received bytes,
    your machine has likely been taken over by a spammer's software and is
    sending spam. Ir it could be being used to perform DOS attacks and all sorts
    of other things you're not aware of. It could have sent out your passwords,
    banks, credit cards, anything you have stored on the computer that's not
    encrypted.
    If you ever decide to use encryption, be certain to EXPORT the security
    KEYS!

    And lastly, right after a Restart and before you've done e-mail and any
    surfing, if the two numbers aren't far apart from each other, and your
    question is simply one of curiousity, then I wouldn't think it's much to
    worry about. So far today I've only read emails since the machine
    auto-started this am. My packet counters are showing 8083 Sent and 8604
    Received. And, it's constantly incrementing but I am about as sure as I can
    be within reason that I have no malware thanks to Norton AV, Winpatrol and a
    number of spyware scanners that run nightly, and are all updated, along with
    my backups. I seldom find anything but a tracking cookie now and then.

    HTH,

    Twayne


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